On Wednesday, Dmitry Kozak, deputy head of the Russian presidential administration, flew to Berlin. On the evening of that day, Russian news reported that Kozak was discussing with the advisers of Angela Merkel issues of resolving the conflict in the Donbass. But, according to the Polish publication Gazeta Wyborcza, we could talk about Nord Stream-2.
Updated EU Gas Directive prescribes Gazprom will transport only half of the planned gas volumes through Nord Stream-2.
The German government blocked these amendments for several years, but agreed to them after allowing the German side to decide what to do with the Baltic gas pipelines of the Russian Federation. Thus, Moscow wants to achieve maximum concessions from the Federal Network Agency of Germany.
Dmitry Kozak was previously Deputy Prime Minister in charge of the Russian energy sector, so he knows the problems with the gas pipeline well. Gazeta Wyborcza believes that Gazprom is already at a “low start” - the construction of Nord Stream-2 is 93% complete, and the Akademik Chersky pipe-laying machine of Gazprom should complete it. The ship arrived from Nakhodka to the Baltic Sea, and now it is in the port of Mukran - in the logistics center of the project.
In Poland, there is no doubt that the project of a new gas string along the bottom of the Baltic Sea will be completed.